08 Nissan Altima

08 Nissan Altima

2008 Nissan Altima Details Interior The Altima’s airy cabin has a contemporary appearance supported by nicely textured plastic, lots of stow space and numerous soft-touch surfaces that contribute to its welcoming character. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima’s generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world. The front buckets, although comfortable, could use a bit more lateral support. Even though the Altima skews to the smaller side of the official EPA “mid-size” category, its 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat can still accommodate two average adults or three kids while enhancing the flexibility and utility of its 15.3 cubic feet of trunk capacity. Exterior Even a quick glance shows that the Altima is rich in Nissan family cues, most notably in its grille, headlamp and taillamp treatments. However, the lines and contours of its crisply rendered sheetmetal display a bit more aggressive edge than you’ll find in the Sentra or Maxima. A well-defined shoulder ridge complements bold flaring on fenderwells that house 16-inch 215/60 tires on steel wheels on 2.5 and 2.5 S models and 215/55 rubber on 17-inch cast-alloy wheels on 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL versions. Only six-cylinder Altimas offer front fog lamps, which are standard issue on SL models but optional on SEs.
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08 Nissan Altima

2008 Nissan Altima Values The 2008 Nissan Altima is one of the most heralded and popular vehicles on the market today. It’s offered in four door Sedan or two door Coupe body styles in 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL trims. Engines range from a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder to a 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The Altima features seating capacity for up to five and a decent list of standard equipment, including keyless entry, power controls, an adjustable steering wheel, front/side-body/side-head airbags and ABS brakes. Read more Read less
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08 Nissan Altima

Executive Editor Michael Jordan says:This car looks pretty good, doesn’t it? It seemed kind of spindly at the introduction during the 2006 L.A. Auto Show last fall, but now this seems to be a surprisingly grown-up shape, muscular and expressive.Yet the curse of Nissan lives on in this car’s interior, as it’s relentlessly crummy. Bad color values, ugly plastic, weak architecture. Of course the irony here is that the coupe configuration always seats you pretty low in the car, and as a consequence you’re looking all that bad plastic right in the face every second. Do yourself a favor and order leather upholstery.You’d think manufacturers would have learned from the Scion tC. Although the tC is pretty wispy as a car, a piece so poor in specification that it might as well be from Malaysia, it makes you feel good because the exterior paint shimmers with a mirror finish, while the interior furnishings seem both durable and fashionable. The Altima coupe needs some interior style to accompany its sophisticated sheet metal.Although I’ve always liked the way the Altima drives (the new sedan with CVT is one of the best cars in America), the coupe didn’t offer much pleasure on the road. As you’d expect in a coupe, the driving position is low and set to the rear, but the placement of the controls is designed for an upright sedan with a high seating position. Also, the Altima coupe just doesn’t have its feet underneath it when you try to go quickly, as torque reaction from drivetrain and imbalances caused by shifting/throttle/braking inputs are accentuated by a squishy suspension, so everything feels as if it’s working at cross-purposes.What this car likes is cruising along the highway at about 80 mph, where V6’s broad power band and the CVT makes it a terrific piece for slicing through traffic.
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08 Nissan Altima

Totally redone for 2007, Nissan’s mid-size Altima is even closer to the marque’s flagship Maxima in size and character. Spun from Nissan/Renault’s robust D-Platform architecture, this stylish front-drive four-door continues as the volume leader in the division’s lineup, having been joined by a gasoline-electric Hybrid variant as well as a new-for-2008 Coupe model (each reviewed separately). Even in conventional form, the Altima sedan covers a lot of competitive ground, offering four trim levels, both four- and six-cylinder power and the choice of a six-speed manual or Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). That wide selection helps it face off against the current best-seller, Toyota’s popular Camry, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord — both all-new for 2008 and both formidable foes in one of America’s toughest market segments.
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08 Nissan Altima

The Altima’s airy cabin has a contemporary appearance supported by nicely textured plastic, lots of stow space and numerous soft-touch surfaces that contribute to its welcoming character. White-on-black main gauges are easy to read, the ancillary controls and center-stack switchgear is logically arrayed and the Altima’s generous glass area provides the driver with good sightlines to the outside world. The front buckets, although comfortable, could use a bit more lateral support. Even though the Altima skews to the smaller side of the official EPA “mid-size” category, its 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat can still accommodate two average adults or three kids while enhancing the flexibility and utility of its 15.3 cubic feet of trunk capacity.
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08 Nissan Altima

Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Standard on the 3.5 SL and available on all but the base Altima 2.5, the Xtronic is Nissan’s third-generation CVT. This computer-controlled stepless shifter helps improve performance, economy and emissions. In “Sport” mode, it even creates six “virtual” gears that closely approximate the response of a conventional manual gearbox. Optional 2.5 SL Package This fashionable extras group gives buyers who want a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder Altima 2.5 S virtually all of the main upscale trappings of a 3.5 SL, adding leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, HomeLink universal garage-door opener and numerous lesser luxury touches.
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08 Nissan Altima

Favorite Features Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) Standard on the 3.5 SL and available on all but the base Altima 2.5, the Xtronic is Nissan’s third-generation CVT. This computer-controlled stepless shifter helps improve performance, economy and emissions. In “Sport” mode, it even creates six “virtual” gears that closely approximate the response of a conventional manual gearbox. Optional 2.5 SL Package This fashionable extras group gives buyers who want a more fuel-efficient four-cylinder Altima 2.5 S virtually all of the main upscale trappings of a 3.5 SL, adding leather upholstery, power and heated front seats, a moonroof, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, HomeLink universal garage-door opener and numerous lesser luxury touches.
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08 Nissan Altima

The 2008 Nissan Altima is one of the most heralded and popular vehicles on the market today. It’s offered in four door Sedan or two door Coupe body styles in 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL trims. Engines range from a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder to a 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The Altima features seating capacity for up to five and a decent list of standard equipment, including keyless entry, power controls, an adjustable steering wheel, front/side-body/side-head airbags and ABS brakes.
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A new coupe body style–slightly smaller in size and lighter in weight, with unique styling inside and out–joins the Nissan Altima line for 2008. After being completely redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Altima sedan enters ’08 with only a few equipment changes. Throughout the model line, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are now standard, a new diversity antenna is included, and XM satellite radio is now available.
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The 2008 Nissan Altima is one of the most heralded and popular vehicles on the market today. It’s offered in four door Sedan or two door Coupe body styles in 2.5, 2.5 S, 3.5 SE and 3.5 SL trims. Engines range from a 175 horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder to a 270 horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The Altima features seating capacity for up to five and a decent list of standard equipment, including keyless entry, power controls, an adjustable steering wheel, front/side-body/side-head airbags and ABS brakes. Read more Read less
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2008 model year changes View changes + A new coupe body style–slightly smaller in size and lighter in weight, with unique styling inside and out–joins the Nissan Altima line for 2008. After being completely redesigned for the 2007 model year, the Altima sedan enters ’08 with only a few equipment changes. Throughout the model line, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution are now standard, a new diversity antenna is included, and XM satellite radio is now available.
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Whether four-cylinder, V6, or hybrid, the Nissan Altima offers performance, comfort, safety, economy, and looks.It feels powerful and luxurious.It’s a couple of inches shorter than the Maxima on the outside, and gives up a little room in the rear seat; but offers comparable room up front, and very nearly as much luggage space.Fold-down rear seats allow the Altima’s trunk to expand into the cabin for carrying big long things.
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A sporty new Altima coupe has joined the lineup.The coupe is a little smaller than the sedan, sprung a little tighter, and different enough in character that we have dealt with it in a separate New Car Test Drive review.Honda has the Accord Coupe.Toyota has a coupe, the Camry Solara.Nissan? Well, now it has one, too, the 2008 Altima Coupe.

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